Monday, April 25, 2005

sunday gardening

Yesterday, I intended to mow the grass, something I am late to doing this season. I had more sweetgum balls to rake up and I finished that task.

The lawnmower did not start. I will try to find time to clean out the air filter and see if that helps.

So, on a cold windy day, I pulled weeds. I suppose I shouldn't enjoy that task, but it is one of those efforts that gets my hands in the dirt and more importantly, that helps me connect to the garden, to plants close up, to the soil condition, to what's going on out there.

Small lilacs that I planted last spring have continued to bloom, although of course their days are numbered. I see lilacs everywhere as I drive across town. They are worth their short bloom time.


James said...

Mowing the lawn can be a relaxing thing, if the day is not too hot, the sun too bright, or the mower too recalcitrant. At the same time, I have a pretty egregious allergy to grass, so when all those little cut bits start flying around... whew!

Don said...

Mowing, to me, is time robbed of gardening. It is being a slave to grass, a useful but mostly boring plant.

Obviously, I have an attitude about it.

thingfish23 said...

I don't mind mowing, but for the noise. Earplugs help with that. I look at it as an easy improvement to the look of the yard - much like putting a fresh coat of paint on an older house. From afar, anyway, the whole thing looks better. But I do NOT have a lot of love for the "lawn" and shall seek to reduce it over the next several years as budget allows. Those big expanses of chemical-laden grass are all too common here in SW Florida, often situated within rock-throwing distance of a canal or other body of water.

One other benefit to weeding: The smell of earth as larger, better-rooted weeds come up. Shaking the dirt off of the root-balls and just smeling the soil gets me every time. It's worth the labor, always. Plus, the whole perspective of the garden is different from a low stand-point, and there is much to notice that would have remained "under the radar".

Don said...

I'm not big on gas engines either.

There is a Martha Stewart recipe for Easter Ham that calls for fresh cut grass. A cheeky reviewer for the New Yorker wrote that if he cut grass from his yard to line the pan, it would be full of cat pee and other undesireable smells.